In the last hour, we tackled 15 of the biggest 50 highlights announced by Disney. Recall, however, that Disney owns Hulu and FX, the latter of which is basically just Hulu now, and there were a number of announcements for Hulu, as well, and some of them were actually very cool. Hulu is the more adult-oriented streamer, where its R-rated and/or less family-friendly content goes. Let’s rank these, too:
10. I might have slightly worried that Hulu was going to be absorbed completely into Disney, but the fact that they signed the Kardashians to a deal essentially moving Keeping up with the Kardashians (with a different title) over to the streamer is weirdly good news. I’m not interested in the Kardashians, but the deal certainly suggests that Disney has every intention of keeping alive its Hulu/FX/20th Century brands. That’s good news, although I’m a little disappointed that John Landgraf — the head of FX, who was once sort of the King of Basic Cable — has been somewhat marginalized by the Disney deal.
The Kardashian Jenners will create new global content under a multi-year deal, to stream exclusively on Hulu in the U.S. and in multiple territories on Star internationally. pic.twitter.com/Dke17Gfvrd— Hulu (@hulu) December 10, 2020
Star, by the way, will be Disney’s international version of Hulu.
9. The Handmaid’s Tale is coming back for season four and has been renewed for season 5. I like The Handmaid’s Tale. Five seasons might be too many seasons of The Handmaid’s Tale.
8. There are no details about Only Murders in the Building except that it’s a comedy, but the talent behind it makes it very compelling. It’s created by Steve Martin and John Hoffman, and it stars Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez.
7. I didn’t particularly care for Liane Moriarity’s Nine Perfect Strangers, but the Nicole Kidman/David E. Kelley partnership has been fruitful and fun, and I’m excited to see McCarthy in a television series of this caliber.
6. I’m feeling a little skittish about an Alien series, which will come from Noah Hawley (Fargo, Legion), because Hawley has been spread thin in recent years and it shows in his work. Ridley Scott will EP, and one kind of wonders if the Alien franchise, like the Terminator franchise, is just kind of tapped out. Definitely worth a look-see, however.
5. I still refuse to believe it until it’s on our TV screens, but the Y: The Last Man series might finally come to fruition.
Come one, come all to #DisneyInvestorDay! Expect major announcements from the worlds of @DisneyAnimation, @Pixar, @MarvelStudios, @StarWars, @NatGeo, @DisneyPlus, and more. Follow this thread for live updates starting at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT today! pic.twitter.com/Duh0KHcojG— Disney (@Disney) December 10, 2020
4. The Hulu Twitter announcement left out a few interesting participants in this, which only makes me more excited about it. Danny Strong is running the show, and it will also star Will Poulter, Kaitlyn Dever, Phillipa Soo, and one of my all-time favorite character actors, Ray McKinnon. It’s based on Beth Macy’s nonfiction book about the opioid addiction crisis.
3. The Dropout is coming, a limited series about Elizabeth Holmes starring Kate McKinnon as Holmes.
You may have heard the unbelievable tale of Elizabeth Holmes, but never quite like this. The Dropout will tell the story of the con artist, played by Kate McKinnon, that captured the world. Coming to @Hulu and Star. pic.twitter.com/Pj5NXUM3aK— Disney (@Disney) December 10, 2020
2. I’m almost certainly more excited about this than the average Hulu viewer, but FX/Hulu is making a series about the Rolling Stones. It’s been given a two-season order, already, and it comes from writer Nick Hornby. It will cover the band’s glory years between its formation through to 1972.
1. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has been renewed for not one, or two, or three, but four more seasons.